All Things Connecticut Special Edition: The Craft Beer Show Takes a Look at the State’s Growing Craft Brewing Tradition

Release Date: 05/20/2010

Premieres Thursday, June 3 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); with an encore presentation on Thursday, June 10 at 8 p.m.

In the past 25 years, Connecticut’s craft brewing industry has grown significantly. Its use of traditional brewing methods and attention to flavor has turned many average beer consumers into beer connoisseurs.
 
Join CPTV on Thursday, June 3 at 8 p.m. for the premiere of an All Things Connecticut Special Edition: The Craft Beer Show, a new special that takes a fun and informative look at the state’s fine brews. An encore presentation will be broadcast on Thursday, June 10 at 8 p.m.
 
Host Jason Hawkins provides insight into the craft brewing world by visiting different breweries throughout Connecticut and telling the fascinating stories behind these local brewers. Hawkins visits the Willimantic Brewery and East Hartford’s Old Burnside Brewing Company. And in the “Where’s Jason?” segment, he travels to a mystery Connecticut brewery with one of the largest beer memorabilia collections in the country. In addition, correspondent Eric Clemons meets a local man who loves to teach others how to brew beer in their own home. Hawkins is also joined by Thomas Hooker Brewery president Curt Cameron, who will school us on how to taste beer properly and how to distinguish its different flavors and notes.
 
Hawkins even imparts some little-known beer facts for viewers. For instance, did you know that prior to Prohibition almost every town in Connecticut had its own brewery?
 
During this one-hour special, there will be opportunities to obtain tickets to CPTV and WNPR’s Craft Beer and Chili Challenge event being held on Sunday, August 22 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Arena. For more information on the event, visit beerandchili.org or contact Amy Williamson at awilliamson@cptv.org.
 
About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) also includes WNPR. WNPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live hosted by John Dankosky. Overall the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org. 
 
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